Former Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker made a big prediction this week for one of the team’s offseason additions.
Walker tweeted on Thursday that rookie wide receiver Kyle Philips will “hands down” be the Titans’ breakout player in 2022.
@kylephilips17 will be our breakout player hands down— Delanie Walker (@delaniewalker82) August 5, 2022
Philips is having a tremendous training camp so far after being selected by the Titans in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft (No. 163 overall).
The former UCLA standout is a prototypical slot receiver who has great feet and can make defenders miss in the open field. Philip is also an above-average route runner.
The most encouraging thing about Philips’ game might be his ability to quickly learn from his mistakes.
This week during practice, Philips wasn’t on the same page with quarterback Ryan Tannehill at one point. So he got with Tannehill, figured out what went wrong, and he made the proper adjustment.
Not only did Philips make the adjustment, but he also took accountability for making a mental error on the initial rep.
#Titans rookie WR Kyle Philips wasn’t on the same page as QB Ryan Tannehill on a route today. The two talked it over, and scored on the same play later on.— Sam Phalen (@Sam_Phalen) August 4, 2022
Great stuff from Philips here taking accountability. This guy won’t make many mistakes twice. pic.twitter.com/Bm1srrCnsK
Not only does a response like that earn respect from veterans, but it also shows how committed Philips is to improving as a football player. That’s the way a pro handles business.
It’s also easy to see why Walker is convinced that Philips is going to have a big rookie season.
It certainly sounds like the Titans got a major steal by landing Philips in the fifth round.
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